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"Houston Police Ease Up on Marijuana"

Marijuana is coming to Texas, and there’s no stopping it. Medical marijuana is already present in 28 states, and no less than 8 states and the District of Columbia have the freedom to buy or grow recreational marijuana. In 2017, five bills in the Texas state legislature concerning marijuana legalization and medical regulation, and there is strong support for marijuana (the Marijuana Policy Project puts marijuana law reform support at 75% for). The Houston Police Department (HPD) has said that it plans to “ease up” on marijuana punishments in the Lone Star state.

What are Texas’ Marijuana Laws?

Although hemp and medical marijuana are legal in Texas, recreational marijuana still is not, and the Compassionate Use Program (CUP) should be expanded to include higher levels of THC if necessary for medical patients and increase the conditions marijuana can be prescribed for. Currently, only epilepsy patients are covered under CUP, and there are many more patients with PTSD, Crohn’s, and Parkinson’s disease (to name a few) who could benefit from legal cannabis. Hemp CBD oil, like that supplied by Green Lotus Hemp Products, is legal in Texas and in other states in the U.S. Outside of legal medical use and hemp CBD oil, possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana can get a person 180 days in jail, a $2,000 fine, and a misdemeanor, so that’s no fun. Possession and cultivation of up to a gram is a felony and carries a $10,000, so that’s even less fun. ‘Nuff said: Texas needs to reduce possession charges and legalize recreational marijuana. In 2015, 97% of all marijuana convictions were for possession – not for large-scale cultivation, or selling marijuana illegally – nope, plain old possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

Who’s Supporting Legal Marijuana in Texas?

In November of 2016, many Texas legislators were supporting fewer penalties for cannabis, likely as a result of the nationwide trend that has turned into a billion-dollar industry in the United States. The five bills filed in the Texas State legislature include one that would regulate marijuana like alcohol and make recreational cannabis legal for adults, one that would create a special first-time marijuana possession offenders court, and one that would increase the number of patients who can obtain medical marijuana legally. San Antonio Senator José Menéndez is backing Senate Bill 269 and stated, “This is not a partisan issue, this is a medical issue…this just has to be about helping people feel better.” The mother (Debbie Tolany) of a 13-year-old with severe autism said she needs access to the whole plant “to treat his suffering and to help give our family the opportunity to take him out into the community again.” Both State Rep. Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs and State Rep. Joseph “Joe” Moody of El Paso support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

What Will Houston Change About Marijuana Punishments?

Houston’s new Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg won her post on a platform that wants to prevent cannabis consumers from going to jail on a misdemeanor possession charge. In addition, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez backs marijuana law reform as well, along with the Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo. Dean Becker, a marijuana advocate in Texas and host on the Drug Truth Network, stated that Texas does not need police officers “searching for people’s weed,” but instead catching violent criminals.

Julie K Godard

About Julie Godard:

Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.


 Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of GLH products are sold as nutritional supplements, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.




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